Malocclusion

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  1. dlwelch

    dlwelch Well-Known Member

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    The latest "Domestic Rabbits" magazine arrived this week. There is
    an interesting article by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Rudolph. In the section
    on "Inherited Malocclusion", there is an interesting statement.

    "As for malocclusion, inbreeding is a high-risk breeding strategy,
    according to our experience. And we must not forget that
    malocclusion is occasionally induced by the environment (feed)."


    What? Anyone have any additional data on this? Anyone have
    any experience with feed related malocclusion?

    Linda Welch
     
  2. Reauxman

    Reauxman Well-Known Member

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    Read that and wondered too.
    Roo
     

  3. Pat Lamar

    Pat Lamar Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Well, now... this is just speculation, of course. I really can't see where "nutrition" (or a lack of) can cause malocclusion, so I'm thinking more in the line of feed which is just too hard, perhaps? To be honest, I've never even heard of anything associated with the feed as causing malocclusion, so this comes as a surprise to me, too.

    Pat Lamar
     
  4. Jessica

    Jessica Member

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    What is malocclusion?
     
  5. dlwelch

    dlwelch Well-Known Member

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    What is malocclusion?

    Simply-----buckteeth. The teeth are out of
    alignment and grow long. It can be genetic. It can
    be caused by a rabbit "pulling" or "biting" on their
    wire cage. In order for the rabbit to eat and drink,
    the teeth will have to be cut periodically. Hair
    will ball up around the teeth when the rabbit grooms
    itself if the teeth are too long.

    Linda Welch